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Increasing College & Career Readiness Through Afterschool & Competency-Based Learning

12/14/2015 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM ET




To further our goal of college and career readiness for all students, AYPF has been exploring the opportunities that exist at the intersection of afterschool and competency-based learning.  Research as demonstrated that high-quality afterschool providers help contribute to a student’s college and career readiness through college and career exploration, social and emotional learning, soft skills development including communication and team-building, various enrichment activities, and more. In recent years, we have also seen the growth of competency-based learning, an approach within classrooms and schools that stresses specific skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork, and paired with less reliance on seat-time, allows students to advance upon mastering competencies at their own pace.  As students learn and develop valuable skills and competencies both in and out of school, it seems natural to explore strategies and policies to support the intersection, interaction, and interrelationship of these two fields that have demonstrated success in preparing students for college and careers.

This webinar will serve as the release of AYPF’s white paper on current trends and opportunities at the intersection of afterschool and competency-based learning.  Our presenters will share promising practices in the realms of badging, internships, work-based learning experiences, and other emerging strategies that bridge afterschool and competency-based learning and discuss opportunities moving forward in policy and practice.

Our presenters include:

  • Jenna Tomasello, Program Associate, American Youth Policy Forum
  • Marcia Dvorak, Director, Kansas Enrichment Network, Center for Public Partnerships & Research, Univeristy of Kansas
  • Dan Tsin, Director of Data and Accountability, Urban Alliance
  • Joe DiMartino, President, Center for Secondary School Redesign



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